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Know and Protect Your Rights in a Criminal Defense Matter



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Know and Protect Your Rights in a Criminal Defense Matter





Will I Have To Be Arraigned Or See A Judge Before I Am Released From Jail?

You will have to be arraigned, or see a judge before you are released from jail. Typically, you’d be brought into court within 48 hours, and the District Attorney would have to file charges against you. You would be transported to the jail, and you would appear in front of the judge from behind a glass window or barred area. Your attorney would speak with you beforehand, either in the client interview room in the back or through a jail visit – depending on how early you retained their services. Your attorney would appear in court with you, and make an argument to the judge regarding your custody status, whether you should be released on your own recognizance, or if bail should be reduced, and for what reason. Then typically you would enter a plea of “not guilty” so you and your attorney have an opportunity to investigate the case further, inform the court whether you want to waive your right to a speedy trial, and pick a future date to return to court.

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